7 Reasons I Believe In Nashville

7 Reasons I Believe In Nashville

Because it's more than just the country music capital.
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I am just a *Northerner* small town girl, wishing she was from the South. I recently discovered that when one of my best friends and I took a trip down to Nashville by ourselves. We went on the trip knowing that we loved country music, the road trips and sweet tea, and left the city that we plan to live in one day. A lot can happen in a weekend. This is why we're convinced that Nashville is the best city:

1. There is art everywhere

And when I say everywhere, I mean everywhere. For someone who loves art and color as much as I do, the local artist's murals everywhere are so inspiring. For someone who doesn't appreciate art as much, they're still beautiful to look at. We had a lot of fun gaping over how incredible some of these murals were as we turned a corner and another one jumped out at us.

2. The food is incredible.

I don't mess around with my coffee, and apparently, neither does Nashville. Small local coffee shops lined the streets of Nashville, just waiting for someone like me to be lured in by their sweet aroma.

4. Public places play country music!

I was stunned when I walked into my hotel lobby and one of my favorite Darius Rucker songs was playing through their speakers, as if people actually liked him. Spoiler, down there, they do! Country music is love, country music is life.

5. Patriotism is not taken lightly.

Down here in the south, America is something to be proud of. There is a sense of nation in all that country music history.

6. The Southern charm.

Its true, the South has a whole other language, and I love it. I plan on using "Y'all," "God bless," and "sweet heart" till the day I die.

7. It's a happy city.

Nashville is thriving, and thus I am too. Hopefully someday I will make my home in a city in the south, where mornings can be started looking at mountains, country music is a way of life, and people say "Honey" and mean more than a topping for toast.

Cover Image Credit: Erika Glover

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Sutton

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5 Essentials To Know Before Your Long End-Of-Year Road Trip

Essential you need to think about for a long road trip.

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So it that time of year again where everyone is leaving their college town to go home for breaks or maybe go on vacation to somewhere else and have a change of scenery from books and teachers for some time. For me, this time of year means I am driving from the normally warm weather of Alabama to the cold weather of New Jersey. This year is a little different as I may actually be making that over 16 hour (or 1,008 miles) drive by myself which I have never done before.

So this is quite the experience and I wanted to share some advice to maybe make your long car ride a little more enjoyable. You may be wondering though how I can give this type of advice if I have never done this drive alone but I have done several times (nine times to be exact) with others from my family to fellow students. But also I have learned some of these ideas from my Dad who is a long distance truck driver so if anything he knows what he is talking about when it comes to driving long and far.

Sleep

Before you think about making a long car ride make sure you get a good night sleep for several days before hand.

Snacks

Stock your car up with candy so you have fewer stops to make. Also, make sure one of the snacks is a candy of some sort so you can get a little sugar high so you don't feel tired. AVOID the coffee as a way to get energy as it will just lead to more breaks.

Playlist

If doing a long car ride you need to have some type of playlist made as you will be crossing over state borders meaning your favorite radio station will no longer be on as that station doesn't reach where you're going. So getting a playlist of your favorite tunes made with a decent amount so it won't repeat that much. Or go Pandora where you can easily switch between genres but just be aware you will probably hear the same commercial at least twenty times before you get to your final destination.

Navigator

Have something tell you the way to go either have it written down and put a passenger in charge of giving you a heads up when your exit is coming. Or go with google maps or OnStar which will re-route itself if you just happen to miss your exit and you don't want to get off the interstate and get back on to get back to where you missed. Also since this is a busy time of year on the road the navigation will help you figure out where there is the least traffic.

Weather

Check the weather before you leave so you will know what is expected for the area you will be driving through. Will you have sunshine the whole way which may make the trip go a little faster or rain/snow which can very much make the trip longer as people will driver slower for this type of road condition.

Take these tips into consideration before making your trek anywhere this time of year.

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